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tensions in syria with a surprising denial of president assad that he ordered a deadly crackdown on protesters. >> brown: and censer michels reports on the discovery of a so called goldilocks planet. not too hold, not too cold, maybe just right to support life. >> it will be hard to learn too much more about the potentially habitable planets any time soon since it's 600 light years away. >> woodruff: that's all ahead on tonight's naur. major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: ♪ ♪ moving our economy for 160 years. bnsf, the engine that connects us. and by the alfred p. sloan foundation. supporting science, technology, and improved economic performance and financial literacy in the 21st century. and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and... this program was made possible by the corporation for public broadcasting. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> brown: the secretary of health and human services has waded into the politically charged issue of birth control for younger girls. in a very pub
. >> suarez: the carnage that has bloodied much of syria came home to the capital today. two bombs erupted in damascus, killing nearly four dozen people and wounding more than 150. we begin with a report narrated by inigo gilmore of independent television news. >> reporter: one of the bomb blasts left this huge crater in the ground. the tangled bodies of the dead were ferried away on stretchers, a doubly whammy in the heart of the capital damascus. the targets-- two buildings belonging to syria's security forces. >> ( translated ): i heard the explosion and saw many body parts. there were dead bodies all over the place. bodies of women and children in their cars. >> reporter: the attacks were carried out by suicide bombers driving vehicles packed with explosives. at least that's what the government claims. >> ( translated ): even before >> reporter: even before the dust had settled, syria's state media seized on the attacks, saying they were further evidence of a threat from foreign linked armed gangs. within minutes, state tv were saying terrorists linked to al qaeda were responsible. at
the arab league got a firsthand look today at open rebellion in syria. the arab officials journeyed to the battered city of homs, where the military pulled back and up to 70,000 protesters turned out. we begin our coverage with this report from independent television news, narrated by alex thomson. >> reporter: the arab league delegation, possibly all that now stands between syria and civil war, hearing it straight from the people of homz. they beg the observers to come to a district that has seen heavy fighting here. they're led by this man. and the observers seem to mean business. they went. they got here, too. "we want the president executed" they chant. tens of thousands gathered to protest here peacefully against the regime. the regime which had already pulled heavy armor out of the ancient city very publicly before the observers arrived. and after that, volleys of tear gas from the syrian army trying but failing to stop people reaching today's mass rally in town. >> we withdrew early but the rest of the time we're hidden in government buildings in the area. we feel very optimi
. >> woodruff: margaret warner updates the rising death toll and allegations of human rights abuses in syria. >> brown: miles o'brien has the story of scientists growing tissue to repair or replace human organs. >> here they are using-- pig bladders to help grow human muscle, that's right, pig bladders, turns out they are a good source of a fundamental biological building block known as the extra cellular matrix. >> and ray suarez talks to david margoulic about two women whose lives were changed by a photographic from the civil war era. >> brown: that's all ahead on tonight's "newshour." major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: >> intelligent computing technology is making its way into everything from cars to retail signs to hospitals; creating new enriching experiences. through intel's philosophy of investing for the future, we're helping to bring these new capabilities to market. we're investing billions of dollars in r&d around the globe to help create the technologies that we hope will be the heart of tomorrow's innovations. i believe that by investing today in technologi
and extend the tax cut and benefits for a full year. in syria, a troubling escalation in the uprising against the assad dictatorship. today, car bombs were used for the first time since the protests began nine months ago. the government says at least 44 people were killed. the two powerful bombs exploded moments apart. outside the offices of government intelligence in damascus. the cars were ripped apart and windows blown out blocks away. the assad dictatorship quickly blamed al qaeda and that would fit the government's contention that the uprising against assad is led by terrorists. but one rebel group claimed today that it's more likely that the government bombed its own buildings to discredit the rebellion. it was in march that the protests were met with troops and tanks, the assad family has ruled syria for 41 years. first hafez al-assad and now his son bashar. they have suppressed all opposition and in 1982 the regime killed tens of thousands of civilians. assad has been under growing pressure since the transformation known as the arab spring. dictators have fallen in egypt, tunisia, and
of the f.a.a.in 2009. at least 50 people were killed in syria in the last 24 hours, in violence between rival muslim factions. activists said it happened in the city of homs overnight, after a spate of kidnappings earlier on monday. amateur video showed victims lying injured in the streets before being taken away for treatment. the violence pitted members of president bashar assad's minority alawite shi-ites against the majority sunnis. also today, assad received public support from sheikh hassan nasrallah, the leader of hezbollah in neighboring lebanon. >> we support the reforms in syria, and we stand with the regime against the resistance movement. there are some people who do not want reform, security and stability in syria. and neither civil peace nor dialogue. there are people who want to destroy syria, to make up for their defeat in iraq. and syria is a partner in defeating the americans in iraq. >> sreenivasan: the syrian government has come under growing pressure from new sanctions imposed by the u.s., the european union and the arab league. and in egypt, the leader of the musli
's foreign policy toward two key neighbors. on syria, the obama administration has called for president bashar al-assad to step down over his government's violent crackdown on the opposition. iraq has yet to advocate any strong action against assad. >> even if there are tactical disagreements between iraq and the united states at this point in how to deal with syria, i have absolutely no doubt that these decisions are being made based on what prime minister maliki believes is best for iraq. >> brown: the president likewise played down concerns that iran's influence over iraq is growing. >> his interest is maintaining iraqi sovereignty, and preventing meddling by anybody inside of iraq. and i believe him. >> brown: the leaders went on to meanwhile, in iraq today a sign of the times. u.s. troops handed over another major base to iraqi forces, this one located south of baghdad in hilla. >> i am happy for the iraqi people, that they are able to secure themselves and are looking at their best interests. i am also very happy that we are upholding the security agreement and leaving on time. >>
. >> sreenivasan: an outpouring of antigovernment protesters filled cities across syria today. it marked a new challenge to president bashar al-assad. the opposition reported as many as 250,000 people turned out in iblid and hama, and there were many thousands more in homes, douma, and daraa. troops gunned down at least 22 people. we have a report narrated by andy davies of independent television news. >> reporter: homs, in the northwest syria this morning, some are now calling this the martyr city, given the numbers killed here in recent months. in front of the camera reads the message, "this is the friday for marching towards the squares of freedom." and so they did, gathering in their thousands in the city's main square, significantly, for the first time in months. across syria, the opposition movement rallied its support base following friday prayers. hundreds of thousands reportedly took to the streets. emboldened, perhaps, by the recent arrival of arab league monitors in the country. it's intended as a statement to those observers, raging violence will not quell this uprising. this foota
a gallon. bill whitaker, cbs news, los angeles. >> pelley: there has been a massacre in syria. human rights groups say bashar al-assad's troops have killed more than 100 defecting soldiers and activists this week near the turkish border. cell phone video posted on the internet ployeds our only glimpse inside syria. despite the bloody crackdown, thousands continue to protest throughout the country. today, the white house said once again it's time for assad to go. it is a cinematic masterpiece, and now a piece of history from "citizen kane" has sold at auction. that's next. >> pelley: america's retailers are getting what they wanted for christmas-- new numbers out today show that holiday sales are better than expected, up 2.5% from last year. online sales alone total $32 billion so far, and that's 15% more than a year ago. also on the way up is our weight, and that has forced the u.s. coast guard to cut the number of people allowed to be carried on ferries. the time was the average passenger weighed 160 pounds, and in washington state, most of the puget sound ferries could carry 2,000 people.
. the arab league sent monitors into syria today, even as the opposition reported new killings. amateur video showed government tanks firing shells in the city of homs. activists also reported machine gun and mortar fire, and said 23 people were killed. the opposition says government forces have killed 275 civilians in the last week. fighting between soldiers and army defectors has claimed another 150 lives. a government report in japan today depicted a cascade of confusion and mistakes after an earthquake and tsunami overwhelmed a nuclear plant. the fukushima dai-ichi nuclear reactor lost power and cooling when its backup generators were destroyed. that triggered core meltdowns, radiation leaks, and hydrogen explosions. the interim report concluded that plant workers had not been trained to handle such a crisis. it also found the government delayed giving full accounts of how bad things were, and how much radiation was being released. the military had little public reaction today after computer hackers claimed they stole the confidential client list of stratfor, a security firm. its clients
't think the monitors are being given proper access to assess what's going on in syria and the death toll keeps rising. >> sreenivasan: the syrian opposition claimed at least 26 people were killed nationwide today. kim jong un was officially declared north korea's new supreme leader today. the announcement came at a massive public memorial service for his late father kim jong-il who died of a heart attack nearly two weeks ago. huge crowds turned out in pyongyang's main square for the ceremonies. kim jong un who is in his late twenties looked on from a nearby balcony, along with top party and military officials. those are some of the day's major stories. now, back to ray. >> suarez: one of the main issues of the election season under way is the sluggish state of the economy. things are not nearly as bleak as they were at the depths of the recession. but for many americans, it's going to be a long road back to financial health, and the kind of prospects they once believed they had. "newshour" economics correspondent paul solman saw this extensively in his coverage of the past year, part of
to accept arab observers, part of an effort to stop mounting bloodshed. officials from syria and the arab league took part in a ceremony today in cairo, egypt. it lets observers in for one month, with the option of extending that stay. in damascus, the syrian foreign minister insisted the regime is serious and not just stalling for time. >> we would not have signed the protocol unless our amendments on it had been adopted no matter what the circumstances were. but after applying those amendments and since we are seeking a political solution to this crisis as soon as possible, along with their partnership, i can now say that the signing of the protocol is the beginning of cooperation between us and the arab league. >> sreenivasan: the announcement came on a day when activists said up to 70 soldiers were gunned down by government troops as they tried to desert near the turkish border. at least 30 other people died in attacks elsewhere. it continued a wave of street violence that churned over the weekend. protest leaders said at least 21 people were killed on sunday as troops and rebels foug
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